Maybe the greatest moment ever on record from Rudiger Carl – and not just because the album is "dedicated to all drinker friends"! Despite that embrace of alcohol, the record's got a very sobering power – as the group is a free jazz trio, working in the best bracing early FMP ... read moreCD
A record without any title, but more than enough energy to brilliantly state itself – thanks to magical interplay from the trio of Dario Carnovale on piano, Alessandro Turchet on bass, and Luca Colussi on drums! And yes, the format is one that you're certainly familiar with – but this ... read moreCD
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... read moreCD
John Carter & Bobby Bradford —
Flight For Four ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Ron Carter has always been way more than a straight jazz bassist – especially in the past few decades, where his collaborative spirit has taken him into territory we never would have imagined early on in his career! Here, he works alongside writer Danny Simmons – whose words inform ... read moreCD
Michael Carvin's one of those players who always makes us sit up and take notice – not just for his own dynamic work on drums, but also for the way that he manages to lead a group with such soulful fire! This album's a great example of that skill, as Carvin brings together a mix of players ... read moreCD
The music of Michael Carvin is always a revelation – a joyous, soulful outpouring of feeling that never fails to move us – and which always makes us wonder why more folks don't treasure gems like this that he made as a leader! Carvin's drum work is filled with energy from the get-go ... read moreCD
Magnificent early work from Eugene Chadbourne – a set that was recorded on Christmas Day, 1977 – and only issued a decade later on cassette – but sounds that are every bit as mindblowing as the material on Chadbourne's first few albums! The music here is heavy on compositions ... read moreCD
This isn't the first time that vibist Erik Charlston has paid tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – but the set's definitely a cooker that lives up to the strong legacy of Brazilian music and jazz that we've always loved in Hermeto's creations! Songs are mostly by Pascoal, but the set ... read moreCD
Great Hammond work from Brian Charette – served up in a style that's a bit different than most contemporary organ jazz sessions! The tracks here are sometimes short – like the old soul jazz organ singles back in the 60s – and Charette mixes things up nicely with a few great ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from Chase – one of the hippest jazz rock combos of the 70s! The self-titled Chase album first burned onto the market in 1971 – and it's a great distillation of a groove that was bubbling around in various other segments at the time – some of the tighter big band ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell —
El Corazon ... CD ECM (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
A really great album from these two giants of the Ornette Coleman generation – and one that also shows just how much space both musicians had traversed since the 60s! Don Cherry plays his familiar pocket trumpet in the lead, but also brings in piano, melodica, organ, and doussn gouni – ... read moreCD
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an ... read moreCD
A fantastic little record from Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick – served up by a project with a slightly different vibe than his famous group Incognito – but a sound that's every bit as soulful! There's maybe a bit more jazz in the mix here – a focus even more on the great ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A massive hit for Stanley Clarke – a record that has him reigning in some of his wilder elements a bit, and going for a groove that's right in the pocket! There's a definite soul fusion influence going on here – Clarke trying to hit the same groove as some of his contemporaries, and ... read moreCD
Drummer Jimmy Cobb has been in many great groups over the decade – and here, he's leading one of his own – a rock-solid quartet that features piano from Harold Mabern, bass from John Webber, and some especially nice guitar from Peter Bernstein! Bernstein's voice is right out front on ... read moreCD
You might know Cochemea Gastelum from his work in The Dap-Kings over the years – but this time around, the saxophonist is very much his own man – blowing a version of his instruments that often seems electrified, ala classic Varitone from the late 60s – used in these really new ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A Detroit guitar legend – captured in the most famous contemporary club in his hometown! The set's got Dennis Coffey still sounding great at the head of a small combo – playing in a mode that's a lot more jazz than his 70s funk classics, but still really great – with a more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Avishai Cohen —
Arvoles ... CD Sunnyside, 2019. New Copy ...
Bassist Avishai Cohen never fails to delight our ears – he's always got ways of opening things up past the usual – keeping his instrument upfront, and in a very personal placement on a recording – while also encouraging the others to really bring their best ideas into play! Here, ... read moreCD
A dream of a collaboration – the great Nat King Cole in his prime, getting some mighty hip backings from the equally great Quincy Jones – who gives Nat a jazzy push that he wasn't always getting on his Capitol Records sessions of the time! The performance was recorded live in Paris on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Possibly the strongest album ever recorded by mellow-voiced jazz vocalist Earl Coleman – a singer with a deeper style that's very much in the classic Billy Eckstine mode, but which swings a bit more freely in a small combo! The set's got a nicely open style – with longer tracks than ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great couple of harder-to-find Ornette Coleman records – nicely paired up in a 2CD set! First up is The Music Of Ornette Coleman, from 1967 – which is beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts – and his ability to play ... read moreCD
Three great albums from Alice Coltrane – all late 70s albums for Warner Brothers that really show her taking off as both a solo performer and a spiritual force! First up is Eternity – seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane ... read moreCD
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! ... read moreCD
A fantastic document of this breakout moment for the legendary John Coltrane – every single Prestige Records recording from the important year of 1958, a time when the tenorist really emerged as a leader, while still also sharing his talents in collaborative sessions too! This isn't the ... read moreCD
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... read moreCD
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the best ECM teams of the 70s – working here together in a wonderful live set! Chick Corea's got this wonderful flow on his piano – almost a quality that's more like the most unbridled Keith Jarrett work for ECM – bursting out with light and color at each new turn, but in ... read moreCD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)
Larry Coryell —
Offering ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
A fantastic record from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that maybe has him shedding some of the more rockish tendencies of his roots, while finding the way forward in a searing, searching style of funky jazz! There's almost a Flying Dutchman sort of righteousness to the record – as Larry ... read moreCD
Larry Coryell tries out his vocal chops a bit on this album with his classic group from the early 70s – but the main "voice" on the record is still his wonderfully tight guitar – which has a beautifully sharp sound throughout! When Coryell sings, he almost seems to be doing ... read moreCD
Guitarist Larry Coryell really changes it up from before – shedding both some of his electric modes and his vocal inclinations – and also working with a completely different group, who give the record a very unusual sound! Coryell plays a lot of acoustic guitar here, in addition to ... read moreCD
Larry Coryell —
Return ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
A great entry in the ever-diverse catalog of guitarist Larry Coryell in the 70s – a set that has him both returning to Vanguard Records, and to more electric modes than on a few previous records – and also working with the sons of Dave Brubeck in a nicely tight mode! The album's maybe ... read moreCD
Counterweight (Throttle Elevator Music) —
Counterweight ... CD Wide Hive, 2018. New Copy ...
Compelling work from a variation on the Throttle Elevator Music combo – one who, like their predecessors, have a style that's often a bit more than conventional jazz – informed by the different strands of sounds that have come through the Wide Hive label that's been their home! The ... read moreCD
Lol Coxhill/Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano/Evan Parker —
Tree Dancing ... CD OTOroku (UK), 2010. New Copy ...
The title is "Tree Dancing", but it might well be "Reed Dancing" – given that the album features very strong performances from legendary saxophonists Lol Coxhill, Joe McPhill, and Evan Parker – playing live here in various formations with the drummer Chris Corsano! ... read moreCD
A great bit of work from the hip LA scene that centered around the Nimbus label at the end of the 70s – a collective who work together here with the same spiritual jazz modes you'd find on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The group features some bigger names from the scene, including some ... read moreCD
Theon Cross —
Fyah ... CD Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Theon Cross plays a tuba, but don't hold that against him – as he's already given us some mighty great music in The Sons Of Kemet – and really steps out here as a leader in a core trio that features the great Moses Boyd on drums and Nubya Garcia on tenor! A few tracks features Wayne ... read moreCD
Man, it's like a talent bomb exploded! This set's stuffed with work by some of the greatest jazz funk players of the early 70s – Johnny Hammond, Bob James, Deodato, George Benson, Joe Farrell, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr, Hubert Laws, and others – all ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Cykada ... CD Astigmatic (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A searing live set from London's Cykada – recorded in that city's hotbed of new jazz activity, the Total Refreshment Centre – which must have been really abuzz on the night of this show! The group's got a style that's relentless and constantly moving – rhythmic, but never in ... read moreCD
Andrew Cyrille/Wadada Leo Smith/Bill Frisell —
Lebroba ... CD ECM, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic trio of talents – coming together in the best ECM mode that always seems to make a really special sort of magic out of very individual talents! The album's led by drummer Andrew Cyrille, but is equally balanced between the talents of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Bill Frisell ... read moreCD
A set dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, but one that's hardly just the usual variation on his classic numbers – as only a few tunes here are actually by the composer, and all of the music has that fresh sort of sparkle that we always love in the Brazilian jazz material from ... read moreCD
David Darling —
Cello ... CD ECM (Germany), 1992. New Copy ...
An album that certainly lives up to the promise of its title – as the set features sublime solo cello from David Darling – who plays both the standard acoustic version of the instrument, and an unusual 8 string electric hybrid! Both instruments are used in ways that resonate strongly ... read moreCD
The title's terrible, but the album's a great one – a really classic-styled jam session, of the sort that the Prestige label hardly ever recorded! The session features 4 tenor giants of slightly older vintage – Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate – ... read moreCD
A compelling exploration into the use of the music of Miles Davis in film – one that begins with a famous French soundtrack from the new wave generation, then moves onto vintage Miles tunes that were used in other movies over the years! The core of the record features Davis' score to the ... read moreCD
A really great bit of live work from Miles Davis – and the first-ever recorded appearance of the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – even though the album was never issued in the US at the time! The set follows very strongly in the mode of the ... read moreCD
Miles Davis makes the electric transition – in this groundbreaking set from the late 60s! The classic mid 60s quintet is still in place here – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – but the sound is looser, freer, and ... read moreCD
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to ... read moreCD
A sublime bit of Miles Davis electric funk – one of the best-remembered electric sets from the 70s, and for good reason too! The tracks are long, the jams are hard, and the whole thing has a lot more funk than some of the noise you'd get on other Miles albums of the time – thanks to ... read moreCD
Great lost work from Miles Davis – early material recorded for Warner Brothers in the mid 80s, and never released at the time – now finally uncovered from the vaults, and presented with a few slight contemporary touches! The core music is prime electric Miles funk all the way through ... read moreCD
A key point in the development of the Miles Davis sound of the 60s – his first album to feature work from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by some equally nice work on other tracks from Victor Feldman and Frank Butler! The sound here is beautifully spare – ... read moreCD
A much different album than you might expect from the cover – hardly the funky 70s set implied by the Big Fun-styled cover – and instead a lost slice of work from his groundbreaking late 60s years! The set was recorded in 1967, but unissued until Miles late 70s time away from the ... read moreCD
Trombonist Steve Davis blows here with the Correlations Sextet – a group we might be hearing for the first time, and who add just another mighty feather to Steve's already-stuffed cap! Davis has really taken off in the past decade or so – always a strong trombonist, but now and equally- ... read moreCD
Angel Bat Dawid —
Oracle ... CD International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ...
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she ... read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage II ... CD Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
A beautiful second volume in the Heritage series from keyboard genius Mark De Clive Lowe – and one that we like even more than the first! The music here has the strong spiritual currents of the previous set, but also brings in more of the cosmic, electronic modes that we knew in Mark's ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A great jazz album from Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza – a musician who's got a long legacy of records from the bossa years onwards, including some key 70s fusion sides as well! Here, Raul's in a relatively intimate setting – working in a quartet with piano, bass, and drums – ... read moreCD
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A spiritual surprise – and a record that we really didn't expect! Joey DeFrancesco's really got a great edge this time around, thanks in part to some incredibly strong saxophone work on the album from Troy Roberts and the legendary Pharoah Sanders! We'll be honest in saying that we first ... read moreCD
A seminal statement from drummer Jack DeJohnette – a musician who'd already made a pretty big impact in the years before this set – but who really seemed to take off with his New Directions group on ECM! Every player in the lineup is a key sonic pioneer on their instrument – John ... read moreCD
Jack DeJohnette's best known as a drummer, but he's also played a bit of piano too – and this album focuses nicely on that side of his talents, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The trio lineup is a great one – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums – both ... read moreCD
Two post-CTI gems from Deodato – back to back on a single CD! Whirlwinds is sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded ... read moreCD
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Drummer Whit Dickey works here in two different quartets – both with strong work from Rob Brown on alto sax, but also with very different sounds – given the lineup of each group! The first quartet is on the Peace Planet half of the record – an amazing combo with Matthew Shipp on ... read moreCD
A smoking little set from tenorist Sam Dillon – a musician who's really coming into his own as a leader, after a number of years working in the ensembles of others! Sam's got this nice bite on his reed – which makes for a sharp tone on the numbers here that feature just a quartet, and ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from Jacob Do Bandolim – the Brazilian musician who was so great on his instrument, he took its name and added it to his own! The bandolim is the Brazilian equivalent of the mandolin – but Jacob plays here with qualities that are quite far removed from ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A lost treasure from German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger – one of his best records from the 60s, recorded at a key point when he was really shifting his style! The set's still got Klaus working with keyboardist Ingfried Hoffmann, whose work on organ made his early records so great – but ... read moreCD
Some of Eric Dolphy's last material ever – recorded in Paris with some very surprising guest stars! The work is really tremendous – every bit as great as Dolphy's monumental studio albums for Prestige, and written and performed with a similar blend of the free, the lyrical, the avant, ... read moreCD
An early 60s killer from Lou Donaldson – one that more than lives up to the promise of its great cover and compelling title! The lineup has Lou blowing in an easy, soulful style – working with a combo that includes Herman Foster on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
A pivotal record from Lou Donaldson – one that has him forging out some of his first funky soul jazz sounds, moving from his bop roots, and working with a hip young group that includes Grant Green and John Patton, both of whom he discovered and brought to Blue Note (thanks Lou!) The tracks ... read moreCD
Lou Donaldson & The 3 Sounds —
LD + 3 ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
A classic meeting between alto giant Lou Donaldson and Blue Note's crack Three Sounds combo – the great piano trio led by the mighty Gene Harris! The formula was one that Blue Note employed on a number of sessions from the time – and it makes a lot of sense, because the Three Sounds ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum ... read moreCD
A tremendous tribute to the ever-evolving genius of jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas – and a super-expanded live set that puts Dave in the company of classic players like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, or Dexter Gordon – whose extended live expressions never fail to hold our imagination! The ... read moreCD
A pretty dynamic little album from trumpeter Dave Douglas – but maybe one that comes as no surprise, given that the trio features piano from Uri Caine and drums from Andrew Cyrille! In a stretch where Dave's given us some great albums with higher concepts and different ideas, this one comes ... read moreCD
Two killers by this unique 70s combo! First up is the group's first album – a nice little funky fusion set by Dreams – who were basically the Brecker Brothers, before they stepped out on their own and started calling themselves by that name! The fusion super group actually hews a ... read moreCD
Bassist Mark Dresser has a great group here – one that features flutes from Nicole Mitchell and reeds from Marty Erlich – both players whose sense of energy really helps define the spirit of the set! Erlich is especially nice – maybe more striking than we've heard in years – ... read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to the late John Coltrane – presented here in a double-length set of recordings taken from a special performance at London's Cafe Oto! The core talent here is tenorist Paul Dunmall – who plays on most of the selections and does a really fantastic job of evoking the ... read moreCD
Johnny Dyani With Witchdoctor's Son & Dudu Pukwana —
Rejoice/Together ... CD Cadillac (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ...
A pair of albums from the legendary Johnny Dyani – packaged here in one great little set! Rejoice features searing live work from Johnny Dyani – a set that has the bassist opening up strongly in a trio with Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Okey Temiz on drums and percussion! Feza sounds ... read moreCD
Duncan Eagles —
Citizen ... CD Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
Beautifully bright-toned tenor and soprano sax from Duncan Eagles – given even more of a sense of color by the great use of the guitar of David Preston in the group – a player who often rings out alongside the leader, and really sets things off in a great way! The group's also got ... read moreCD
A trio of great albums from organist Charles Earland – presented here with great bonus tracks too! First up is Comin To You Live – one of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a ... read moreCD
A great little groover from keyboardist Charles Earland – and an album that definitely lives up to its title! There's plenty of street sounds going on here – lots of modern R&B modes that echo the changing styles of early 80s soul music, especially on the east coast! And as part ... read moreCD
Echoes of Henry Cow – but very jazzy ones, too – as this combo uses songs of the famous British group as a launching point for more lyrical improvisation, topped nicely with a range of work on flutes from group leader Michel Edelin! John Greaves is a guest on a few tracks, and delivers ... read moreCD
A great later date from tenorist Teddy Edwards – captured at a time when he'd been away from the recording scene for a bit, but only seemed to deepen his talents on the saxophone in the process! The tracks here are long and very open – in that style that the Timeless label pioneered ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from a quartet version of the Canada Day group of drummer Harris Eisenstadt – a leader so generous, so open, the energy of the group seems to flow from every member in a very equal way! The tunes are all compositions created by Harris in the Swiss town of Poschiavo, but they' ... read moreCD
Two late 60s classics from trumpet legend Don Ellis – back to back in a single set! Autumn is an album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented ... read moreCD
The young Don Ellis really sounds fantastic here – on a set that has the budding trumpet modernist working with an unbridled group in Warsaw! The music might well be some of Ellis' most striking to date – even more expressive and powerful than his album for Candid – as the trio ... read moreCD
The title's a bit of a shocker – in that that we don't normally think of Herb as a bluesy player – but it's pretty darn honest, given the great sound of this set! Herb's playing in a really mellow and laidback style for this session – working with Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, Ray ... read moreCD
Ron English —
Fishfeet ... CD Strata/BBQ (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Rare Detroit work from guitarist Ron English – a key player with ties to both the Lyman Woodard Organization and the Strata Records scene! This collection features Ron hitting both modes nicely – some of the heavy funk that he brewed up with Lyman, on a few tracks that feature Woodard ... read moreCD
Peter Erskine —
Juni ... CD ECM (Germany), 1999. New Copy ...
Peter Erskine's the leader of this trio date, but it's pianist John Taylor who really seems to set the tone for the record – moving effortlessly between melodic moments and more spare, sensitive passages – always with that dark edge that can make his music so great! Erskine swings when ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge ... read moreCD
(Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8)
Jukka Eskola Soul Trio —
Steamy ... CD Timmion (Finland), 2019. New Copy ...
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... read moreCD
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... read moreCD
Bill Evans at the end of the 60s – sounding really wonderful here in a set of unreleased live recordings from London! Bill's got the fantastic Eddie Gomez here on bass – who really gets plenty of space to stretch out on the long tracks that make up most of the set – and Evans ... read moreCD
Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band —
Presence ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2018. New Copy ...
We love the music of pianist Orrin Evans in many different ways – but we especially love the sounds he makes with his Captain Black Big Band – a really tremendous ensemble that seems to unlock a whole new dynamic energy in his performance! The group here is heavy on horns – two ... read moreCD
We've really grown to love pianist Orrin Evans in a trio setting, but he's a surprisingly strong talent at the helm of this large group too – an ensemble with a rich sound and a sense of feeling that really matches Evans' own piano! There's a boldness to the music that really brings out a ... read moreCD
Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ...
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
Never-failing genius from Art Farmer – recording here in his later years, and working in that long and open-ended mode we love so much! There's few trumpeters who could make a record like this work – but Farmer's got a tremendous ability to stretch out on longer tunes with well-crafted ... read moreCD
3 killer CTI classics from Joe Farrell in a 2CD set! Penny Arcade has grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and ... read moreCD
The group's name is a bit hokey, but they've got an excellent lineup that includes a few musicians who'd go on to greater fame in the British jazz scene of the late 60s – working here in a nicely balanced mode of modern styles first forged in the 50s! There's a mix of west coast cool and ... read moreCD
Nadi ... CD Squama (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
An unusual mix of jazz and funk – done at a level that's not entirely either style, and which maybe has more of the forward-thinking elements of some of the recent London scene! No surprise, the set was recorded in that city – by Benedic Lamdin, whose name has been on many ... read moreCD
A holy grail of funky music – and a rare gem from the DC scene of the 70s! Keyboardist Hilton Felton cut this wicked killer for his own tiny label – Hilton's Concept – and it's a very unique blend of jazz and funk modes, done with help from members of The Blackbyrds and Three ... read moreCD
A record from the Three Of Us – but one we remember best for the heavy keyboards of Hilton Felton! The set's even more stripped-down than some of Hilton's other funky classics from the 70s – an instrumental outing that features Felton on organ and Fender Rhodes, Johnathan Settel on ... read moreCD
(Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Arrival ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreCD